Heads Weekly Update 3rd May 2019

Heads Weekly Update 3rd May 2019

Welcome back to school for the start of the Summer Term! The Summer Term has some of the most significant events of the school year; GCSE & A Level Examinations, Summer Open Day, Sports Day and Prize Giving. As such, there’s a huge amount to look forward to as our classes get ready to sit their examinations and we prepare to reveal who are summer guest speaker will be (closely guarded secret, I’m afraid!). This week our Year 5 & 6 have been out on a residential trip (ably supported by Ms Burcham, Mrs Snatt, Mr White & Mr Tombs) and the rest of the Junior School have been enjoying a much freer Junior School playground as a result. The canteen has certainly been quieter! Thank you to the staff team for leading the trip; residentials provide so much to pupils and are, in my view, a crucial part of any child’s education.
 
Next week, our mantra comes from Dedicas: Be ready to put in the work that isn’t seen. So much of the work of a successful person goes on behind the scenes; our children’s progress or assessment grades are held up as an example of success but the hours of work, the attitude to learning and the approach to each school day is the real success story for our pupils. As such, I’d like us to celebrate the effort and attitude of the children at ALS this week as much as possible. It’s far easier to say well done for a 95% test score than it is to take the time to notice persistence in a challenging task. For me, the persistence, resilience and a positive attitude matter so much more. 
 
On the topic of attitudes and success, I am delighted to announce our scholars for Year 7 entry for September 2019. The process to select our various scholars is taken very seriously and it is hugely competitive. I am grateful to all those that applied and took part in the process. For September 2019, I am delighted to announce that our scholars are as follows:

  • J. Thomas: Art Scholar
  • F. Chunara: All-Rounder Scholar
  • P. Lawrance: All-Rounder Scholar
After the bank holiday, our internal examinations will take place for Years 7-10 & 12. I know that examinations can be a challenging time for pupils but it is important that we provide all of our pupils with the experience and skills necessary to successfully work through an examination period. By the time their formal examinations come around, pupils will be used to sitting in the hall and taking an exam and this will make all the difference for grades at GCSE and A Level. If you have any worries or concerns during this process, please get in touch with Miss Francesca Richards, Assistant Head, who is overseeing the process.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Ms Bethan Sennett who has joined our Junior School as a Year 1 teacher. I am sure you’ll make Bethan feel very welcome!